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(Updated   April 12  2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 924.3 million
Mobiles  896 million 
Landlines: 28.5 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  220 million  including  mobile Internet 115 million Broadband:  56 million (wired: 15 million;  mobile: 41 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

NEW! Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
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element 14 maintains leadership in online electronic product distribution with value adds, contests
UST Global joins Preva Systems and Mobiotics to address Web of Things
UST Global joins Preva Systems and Mobiotics to address Web of Things
Aditi acquisition will make Symphony Teleco a strong contender in Internet-of-Things services biz
UST Global joins Preva Systems and Mobiotics to address Web of Things
element 14 maintains leadership in online electronic product distribution with value adds, contests
UST Global joins Preva Systems and Mobiotics to address Web of Things
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UST Global joins Preva Systems and Mobiotics to address Web of Things
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SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive: Both sides now!
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  UST Global joins Preva Systems and Mobiotics to address Web of Things
Thiruvananthapuram, April 16, 2014:  US-headquartered, Indian IT solutions and services leader, UST Global has entered into a three way partnership with  telecom and embedded software services company Preva Systems and mobile solutions player  Mobiotics,  top help customers accelerate the adoption of technology in the telecom sector, in niche areas such as Machine to Machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), Web of Things (WoT) and Connected TV. ....
element 14 maintains leadership in online electronic product distribution with value adds, contests
Bangalore April 14 2014: Recent acquisitions  of  Premier Farnell, the global leader in the distribution of electronics technology products and solutions under the brand name of element 14, have enabled it to  broaden its offerings and services to the engineering community. ....
Microsoft provides a hotline for startups and IT honchos
Bangalore, April 11, 2014:  To provide startups and entrepreneurs with a resource to ask business and technical questions,  Microsoft Ventures in India  has set up a “JumpStart,”  hotline. ...
Aditi acquisition will make Symphony Teleco a strong contender in Internet-of-Things services biz
Mountain View (California, US), April 11 2014: Two Indian innovation-led US-based   global  technology players  have come together to create the ever  Internet of Things services organisation. ...
BTI Payments opens first of 9000 bank-independent white-label ATMs in India
Bangalore, April 10, 2014:  Hard on the heels of the Indian government opening up the ATM business to third party operators -- what the industry calls "white label " ATMs, different from the bank-run "Brown label ATMs" -- the Australia-based BANKTECH Group has stepped in, to set up the first of 9000 bank-neutral ATMs. ...

Edurite launches online self paced courses for CBSE Class 9-12
Bangalore, April 12, 2014: Good news for  students of the Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):  Edurite, a part of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company,  has launched an online self-paced curriculum for CBSE students. ....
Manya Abroad brings Virtual GMAT classroom to Indian study-abroad aspirants
New Delhi, April 5 2014: :  Leading Indian foreign education services provider Manya Abroad - The Princeton Review, has launched an industry-first ‘LIVE GMAT Virtual Classroom’  for  Indian students. Study abroad aspirants will now have access to the best of e-learning trainers certified by The Princeton Review at the convenience of their homes, offices or when on the move. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
MakeMyTrip offer ixigo travel planner app for mobiles
Bangalore, March 27 2014: India's largest online travel company, brings its users the functionality of ixigo --  the pocket travel planner for Android and iOS devices. The ixigo app allows users to: - Search & compare best hotels & cheapest flight prices - Find Places to Visit, Things to Do, Places to Shop & Restaurants near you! - Check trains running status, fares, routes and availability. ....
Wego unveils world-first Arabic mobile app for travel search
Singapore,  March 27, 2014 – Leading travel search site, Wego has launched the world's first dedicated flights and hotels travel metasearch mobile app in Arabic for iOS. The app for iOS comes complete with right to left language support (Arabic RTL support for android coming soon), for comfortable navigation of Wego’s extensive global metasearch platform, available in multiple currencies, displaying both local and global air services and accommodation options. ....

Product Pulse
SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive: Both sides now!
It was Albert Einstein who said once  about  Life's really big  problems : 'When the solution is simple, you  can hear God thinking." Some of the greatest scientific challenges have finally been  reduced by great  thinkers into a startlingly simple  solution. ....
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Back to the Future of e-reading
March 30 2014: A few years ago, I  had the opportunity to interview that great  director of Malayalam's New Wave Cinema -- Adoor Gopalakrishnan.  The subject was   the trend of 'colorizing' some of the  classic Indian black and white movies -- and Adoor was ofcourse, very eloquent against tampering with such original gems. ....
Acer Chromebook C720: superfast boot, ultralight
When Google released  the design of its Chromebook, Acer was one the first to release a commercial model -- and its original  version has now evolved into the C720 with some significant improvements. ...

IT's for you
  New Axis camera range promises surveillance under any condition
Bangalore, April 13 2014: Network Video leader Axis Communications has launched a new series of seven day-and night   bullet-style cameras  for any and all surveillance environments. The series includes cameras with built-in IR as well as a top-of-the-line model with 4K resolution. ....
From Chennai-based BlacknGreen, an all-in-one Islamic mobile app
Chennai, April 12, 2014:  India-based  Value Added Services provider, BlackNGreen,   has just launched a  free and comprehensive  Islamic Mobile Application – ‘Ibadat’ -- which promises to  feature every attribute that a follower of Islam would need in order to be spiritually connected to his religion in day to day life. ....
Jabra BIZ 2300 headset wins Red Dot accolade for design
New Delhi, April 9, 2014 – A new  process has made the Jabra BIZ 2300 one of the very first industrial design products, which have been rewarded for not only for its user features but for its desgn innovation. ...
Smart Grid Summit comes to India this month
New Delhi April 9, 2014: The 2nd India Smart Grid Summit (ISGS2014),  comes to the Indian capital later this month, bringing together decision makers and  energy experts  focussing on how to build a strong and reliable India smart grid, improving efficiencies of launching and operating in projects and smart grid standardization. ...
SanDisk launches fastest memory SD card in India
New Delhi, April 7, 2014:  Global leader in flash storage, SanDisk Corporation  has brought the world's fastest SD memory card to India : SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card,   which offers up to 250MB/s write speeds for continuous burst mode shooting and transfer speeds of up to 280MB/s for maximum workflow efficiency. ...

IT people
  Cognizant veteran Chandrasekharan is new NASSCOM chairman
New Delhi,  April 10, 2014:  Sounds like a law firm!  IT's to be 'Chandrasekhar & Chandrasekharan' at the helm of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).  The  Association has named R Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice Chairman of Cognizant India, as the Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2014-15. ....
Jay Bhow to lead NetApps engineering team in India
Bangalore, April 09, 2014: Jay Bhow is the new vice president of Engineering for  storage and data management leader NetApp. He   is based in Bangalore and will be responsible for NetApp’s global Quality Engineering function for the Data ONTAP storage operating system. ....
Sashi Kumar to lead CSC in India
New Delhi April 9 2014: Sashi Kumar is to lead the Indian operations of  global IT solutions and services leader CSC, as Vice President and Managing Director. ...

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Myntra, Snapdeal set to touch $1 billion sales
E-commerce companies are gaining traction fast as after Flipkart, Myntra and Snapdeal set to hit the billion dollar sales mark soon.Ganesh Subramanian, COO,, said the Bangalore-based firm hopes to attain $1 billion in sales by 2016.  SIFY Samachar

Concept of a digital will to pass on online assets is yet to catch on in the country
Ramesh Gopinath, a Bangalorebased software engineer, has written code for artificial intelligence that he believes is ahead of its time. Gopinath, 40, wants to make sure the code is used even after his lifetime and has willed it to his son, who wants to follow in his dad's footsteps. Gopinath opted for a digital will, detailing his assets, including the code.... ECONOMIC TIMES, March 29 2014

Indefensible tax demands amount to treason!
Bharti Airtel recently got relief from the Delhi Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in a dispute. In itself, this would not be remarkable, but for the strong language used by the ITAT to castigate the assessing officer: frivolous, unreasonable, wholly indefensible and worthy of further scrutiny... ECONOMIC TIMES editorial, March 14 2014


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